If you listened to my podcast about Simplifying and Organizing your Holidays, then you know that the first week of every October, the Jonases sit down and discuss what we’re going to do as a family for the first 25 days of December. These events are very intentional and designed to build memories and make us a stronger family unit. They’re not always big things. In fact, some of them are quite small because of what we have going on in our lives on that day.
But we decide what to do as a family. We all sit down at the dining room table together and start filling in our calendar. We usually start with the more time consuming activities – when will we get our tree, when will we decorate the tree, when will we decorate the house, and when will we paint ornaments. Then the shorter activities that we love to do get filled in.
People often ask me what is on our list, so I decided to share it with everyone. The numbers correspond to the date. So the first activity occurs on December 1st and continues down the list.
- Make Jesse Trees
- Apple Cider
- Watch a Little House on the Prairie episode
- Decorate house
- Play a family game
- Get Christmas tree
- Decorate tree
- Paint ornaments
- Egg nog
- Watch It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas* (Greyden’s birthday)
- Peanut butter cups and Family Hug
- Tell others 1 thing we like about each other (Brett’s birthday)
- Sing Christmas carols
- List of things for which we are thankful
- Family card game
- Decorate cookies
- Watch Miracle on 34th Sreet*
- Make homemade marshmallows
- Lights under Louisville
- Watch White Christmas*
- Christmas carol party
- Drive around and look at Christmas lights
- Make gingerbread houses
- Watch It’s a Wonderful Life*
Our list changes slightly from year to year. But a lot of it stays the same (other than switching dates). Our children always want me to schedule “Build a Snowman”, but unfortunately, we can’t plan ahead for that one. LOL
What family activities to you do and what memories do you make at your house?
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